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Expected date of employment: October 1, 2024
Proportion of work: Full time
Salary: €2,866 to €3,515 gross per month, depending on experience
Minimum level of education required: engineer or Master 2

Missions

The engineer will essentially be responsible for leading and contributing to the development of RAG systems for several use cases, and on behalf of contributors to the European Everse project. The priority use case will be the development of virtual tutors with volunteer teachers, striving to use open source data and software. By building up a vast catalog of European training courses on scientific software, Everse provides a unique opportunity to assess the contribution and limits of AI in IT education.

Activities

The engineer will essentially be responsible for leading and contributing to the development of RAG systems for several use cases, and on behalf of contributors to the European Everse project. The priority use case will be the development of virtual tutors with volunteer teachers, striving to use open source data and software. By building up a vast catalog of European training courses on scientific software, Everse provides a unique opportunity to assess the contribution and limits of AI in IT education.

The engineer will have to develop prototypes of virtual teaching assistants, exploring all the technologies and models he/she deems relevant, starting with RAG-type systems.
He/she will demonstrate them to the Everse community, with a view to convincing a certain number of teachers to take up the challenge. Volunteers will be supported in developing their own tutors (data collection, cleaning and formatting, training, deployment). The engineer will provide recommendations to help course authors adopt the right reflexes to facilitate the creation of a virtual tutor.
He/she should keep abreast of developments in the LLM field. If time and workload permit, he/she may also explore the use of the same technologies for other applications:

  • browsing the Everse website(s).
  • searching for information in the RSQkit.
  • control/application of RSQkit rules to the software.

Skills

Candidates should already have worked on a software project involving LLM, and ideally RAG, in terms of training and inference, development and deployment.
A good command of software engineering practices and tools commonly used in large-scale international scientific projects (version control, unit testing and continuous integration, bug tracking, code review, debugging and profiling, etc.) is expected.
Candidates must also demonstrate teamwork and project management skills, in a multidisciplinary scientific environment. In particular, they will have to interact very frequently with distant collaborators of all nationalities and disciplines, with whom they will have to negotiate common objectives, tasks and deadlines.
Given the European nature of this project, a good command of written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in French is not mandatory.

Working environment

The Physique des 2 Infinis Irène Joliot-Curie Laboratory (IJCLab) is a physics laboratory under the auspices of the CNRS, the University of Paris-Saclay and the University of Paris.
The laboratory's research themes are nuclear physics, high-energy physics, astroparticles and cosmology, theoretical physics, particle gas pedals and detectors, as well as technical research and development and associated applications for energy, health and the environment.
The facility boasts extensive technical capabilities (around 280 engineers and technicians) in all the major fields required to design, develop and implement the experimental devices needed for its scientific activity: mechanics, electronics, computing, instrumentation, acceleration techniques and biology.
The engineer will join the IT Department (~56 people), and more specifically the Development Service (~19 people), reporting to Françoise Bouvet, and working closely with David Chamont.

Constraints and risks

This project does not present any particular professional risks. However, due to the European nature of the project, short trips in France and abroad are to be expected.

Supplementary information

Applications should be submitted via the CNRS portal, where the job will be advertised shortly (in French). Submit letter of motivation and CV without any break in date, showing degrees, qualifications and professional experience. Letters of reference can be sent directly to david.chamont@ijclab.in2p3.fr. Otherwise, please provide the names and contact details of previous supervisors.
As the position is located in a restricted area, recruitment is subject to a favorable opinion from the defense security official. Consequently, the starting date is given for information only and may be postponed.